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What made you start road cycling?

Old 04-06-15, 03:49 PM
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What made you start road cycling?

What made you start road cycling?

For me it was the health, ability to explore new areas, be surrounded by nature, take great pictures and meet awesome people and checking your times on Strava is pretty fun too although I like to do more touring/long rides, still nice to see how I compare to best people in my area.

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Originally Posted by B1KE
What made you start road cycling?
I was a mountain biker, then I moved to a city where it was basically a car trip to get to any good trails but that had great road cycling infrastructure. So I bought a road bike and fell in love with it. I used the mountain bike for the occasional commute but it mostly collected dust in the corner of my apartment until I sold it. I get hurt a lot less on the road bike anyway - I guess I wasn't really cut out to be a mountain biker to start with.
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Is everyone to busy "racing" by this thread to post?
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I ride a flatbar but consider myself a road biker since that's the kind of riding I do. I'm 60 and I love it. I still try to play basketball but it beats me up and the body is not willing. But I've never gotten sore or injured biking. No plantar fasciitis. No sore Achilles's heel. No sprained fingers, balky knees, stiff backs. Biking lets me exercise in a fun way, going at a pace I enjoy. I do short and long rides. I still try to play basketball, but I wonder why.
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Originally Posted by practical
I ride a flatbar but consider myself a road biker since that's the kind of riding I do. I'm 60 and I love it. I still try to play basketball but it beats me up and the body is not willing. But I've never gotten sore or injured biking. No plantar fasciitis. No sore Achilles's heel. No sprained fingers, balky knees, stiff backs. Biking lets me exercise in a fun way, going at a pace I enjoy. I do short and long rides. I still try to play basketball, but I wonder why.
That's great to hear practical! My father is 60+ and I encourage him to do sports but all he does is sit around and watch TV all day! I think that's awesome that your staying in shape and have a hobby that you love and are passionate about. More people should be like you. Keep it up!
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Originally Posted by B1KE
Is everyone to busy "racing" by this thread to post?
It's been done already.
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my roommate at college. First trip was a 40 miler in the mountains. Don't remember how long it took but way longer than it should have.
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like everything else I've ever done...to get a girl's attention...
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like everything else I've ever done...to get a girl's attention...
Lol, I thought chicks dig expensive cars, not bikes.
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My waistline expanded from 29 inches to 32 inches.
Decided to start bicycling back in the early 1970s.
Now at age 82 I still ride 100+ miles a week and have covered over 300 thousand miles on bikes, including 240 thousand miles with my wife on tandems. b
My waist went down to 29 again, but now has snuck up to 30 inches.
Growin' old is not for sissies!
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Originally Posted by zonatandem
My waistline expanded from 29 inches to 32 inches.
Decided to start bicycling back in the early 1970s.
Now at age 82 I still ride 100+ miles a week and have covered over 300 thousand miles on bikes, including 240 thousand miles with my wife on tandems. b
My waist went down to 29 again, but now has snuck up to 30 inches.
Growin' old is not for sissies!
Wow that's awesome! I hope to do the same when I reach your wise age. Very inspiring.
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For me it was what got me back to road cycling. I had (still have) a Trek 300 road bike in the 80s as a teen that I would ride wherever with the toe cages and flip up bike cap...totally 80s cycling. Fast forward to 2009, was getting myself back into shape, but needed to kick up the cycling from just mountain biking...got a Roubaix in late summer 2009 that I've been riding since.
Looking forward to starting 2015 season this weekend coming up. It's been a long winter.
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My knees were getting tired of running everyday (military) for the last 15 years.
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I've been riding a mtb since back around 1999 but due to having a family and other responsibilities had to take a break from cycling (or so I convinced myself ) but started riding again with a friend about three years ago to help rehab a knee injury. He got a different job so I started going out solo and found myself going 60+ miles on my Scott Scale 29er and after a while I got tired of being passed by road bikes so I thought it was time to give one a go. That was one of the best decisions I ever made because now I'm more fit than I've been since my 20's and feel great. Not to mention I just can't wait to ride the bike and when I'm off the bike I'm usually here poking around or looking for some upgrades. I guess you could say I caught the bug?

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I rode for fitness then bought a used road bike for a more comfortable ride, and rode more to justify the expense. When mechanical problems arose I got interested in working on bikes, then I built a few bikes, and riding with a club, with racing friends, biking is now a part of my identity and my lifestyle so much it's hard to imagine not doing it.
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Getting old, fat, bad knees, tried cycling a few times over the years but didn't know what I was doing and got frustrated by low-end bikes, inadequate equipment and a lack of knowledge. Got interested again due to health problems and bought a used old school Trek MTB with hybrid tires and got seriously hooked. Started riding B-group rides with an old Trek 700 and soon decided I needed a road bike instead of a hybrid. Still have the old school Treks and love to ride them, but my cro-mo and CF fork endurance bike gets 90% of the pavement time.
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They raised the price of subway passes by an extra $0.25, and I decided to commute by bike ($300 BD tank) instead of putting up with this blatant extortion. One thing led to another and now I have a Strava account and a carbon road bike.
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My hobby of RC car racing club in fremont was closing down because Bart was building a new station, so i saw two road bikers pass by and thought i could do that. 13 bikes and 28,500 miles in 5 years later.
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Bought the wife a bike for Christmas

Had to buy a new bike for my daughter. She outgrew hers.

she then asked, 'Daddy, aren't you going to ride WITH us?'

Next thing I know, I am buying the full winter and summer kit, tools, workstand and I am hooked.
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My parents bought me a bike when I was 5 and I've been riding on roads ever since. Can't recall not owning a bike of one type or another.
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I bought a flat bar road "fitness" bike as an incentive to quit smoking in August of 2013, at the ripe old age of 58. I was influenced by the perception that full on drop bar road bikes were too uncomfortable for someone who wasn't going to rack up a lot of miles. I successfully quit smoking 2 months later and continued to ride. Last year I realized that I was going to go on longer rides and had progressed to the point that I was now much more suited to a drop bar bike with a variety of hand positions available. So, in August of 2014, I purchased a carbon road bike and started riding longer distances. At this point, road biking is becoming a part of my lifestyle and very healthy both mentally and physically. This riding season is all about training myself for century rides which I hope will happen by August. I look forward to riding as often as possible and continuing to evolve as a cyclist.
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Getting on my Dad's Peugot when I was 11 and feeling like the king of the road with a 10 speed and downtube shifters against all the kids with GT BMX's. Ever since then i was hooked.
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Originally Posted by B1KE
What made you start road cycling?
Dad and the Bull Whip!!!!

Ok, so that is a bit of Bull...

Anyway, when I was younger, we lived about 25 miles from town and Dad would regularly do the commute on his bike. At some point he decided to get my older brother into biking and racing. They bought this little green 24" 5-speed. Built some aluminum 24" wheels for it, and my older brother raced it in criteriums and short road races.

Somewhere around 8, I inherited the bike, and also did some road racing as a midget. I don't think I did any races after the state finals as a midget, but that kind of got me started.

And, when I was really young, I started riding the 3 or 4 miles to my gradeschool. In the last few years of gradeschool, we got Thursday afternoons off, and sometimes I'd just ride my bike that 25 miles into town to meet my parents and catch a ride back home.

I suppose I've been riding off and on ever since.

I had a sting-ray before the road bike, but there really weren't any MTBs at that time, so the choice was road bike or Schwinn Varsity BSO.
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